from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or involving the maxilla and the face: a maxillofacial prosthesis.

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  • adj. Of or relating to the jaw and face.

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  • adj. of or relating to the upper jaw and face (particularly with reference to specialized surgery of the maxilla)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

maxill(a) + facial.


  • Maxillo-facial technicians (sometimes also known as maxillofacial prosthetists) work is based in hospital oral surgery, ophthalmic, cancer and burns units, helping to reconstruct the faces of patients damaged by accident or disease

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  • The Division's main focus of dentistry for children is complemented by our oral surgery staff, who perform simple as well as complex oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures.


  • I am an oral/maxillofacial surgeon in solo private practice.

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  • Or you could specialise in orthodontics, oral pathology, child dental health or even train to become a maxillofacial surgeon someone who specialises in facial surgery.


  • "I went into oral surgery because I didn't think I would have to deliver that kind of news to patients," says Clifford Salm , an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Manhattan who has found leukemia, lymphoma, AIDS and metastatic breast cancer after performing biopsies on suspicious spots.

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  • The New Zealand-born surgeon Harold Gillies established the first specialized plastic-surgery unit at the Queen's Hospital in Sidcup, where he carried out more than 11,000 maxillofacial reconstructions after 1917.

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  • Nine of the nation's 10 highest-paying occupations are in the medical field, including anesthesiologist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, orthodontist, and obstetrician and gynecologist.

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  • The U.S. has 5,390 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, who earn an average of $210,710.

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  • When the 45-year-old oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Pensacola, Fla., went to a BMW showroom in April to buy a new X5 sport-utility for his wife, Carrie Ann, he wanted it all: titanium silver with a 5-liter turbocharged V8 engine; multicontoured, ventilated seats; navigation system; rear dvd entertainment system; and 20-inch alloy Y-spoke wheels.

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  • I figured I sure didn't want no "elitist" digging around in my maxillofacial nerves.

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